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School, training and study in Germany
There are different types of schools in Germany. These differ depending on the federal state. Schooling is compulsory for girls and boys between 6 and 18 years of age in Germany. That means that they have to go to school during this time. Here you can find information about schools.
Good to know: Would you like to find out whether your school leaving qualification is equivalent to a qualification in Germany? The certificate recognition offices of the federal states decide on this.
You can do an internship to gain your first professional experience. This will improve your knowledge of German and get to know the most important terms for the respective professional field. You can also look for internships via our job search offer.
Under certain conditions, you also have the opportunity to complete subsidized internships with employers. You can find out more about this in a conversation with your career counseling service.
In Germany there is dual training and school-based vocational training. In dual training, the trainees work in a company and regularly attend vocational school. However, some professions can only be learned in schools. If your family responsibilities or other reasons require it, you can complete the dual vocational training part-time, for example precision mechanic Olfa Ouhaibi.
tip: The film "Vocational Training in Germany" explains the training system in Germany to you.
Would you like to do an apprenticeship? Then arrange a personal interview with your career counseling service. This will help you to find an apprenticeship position. You will discuss your wishes and abilities. You will be informed about the jobs you are looking for in Germany, but you will also find out which training suits you. You will also receive important information on support options before and during the training. If you cannot find a suitable training, your career counseling service will suggest alternatives.
If you have fled your home country and are younger than 25 years of age, the measure “Perspektiven für Junge Mädchen (PerjuF)” will help you to find your way around the German training and employment system. For more information or questions about funding, you can contact the placement specialists at your employment agency or the integration specialists at the job center.
At planet-beruf.de you will find further information and practical tips in different languages on the subject of training.
Good to know: Gender stereotypes shouldn't play a role when choosing a career. Here you will find information about a cliché-free career choice.
In order to be able to study in Germany, you need certain school qualifications: either the higher education entrance qualification, the technical college entrance qualification or an equivalent qualification. The universities decide on admission to the course on the basis of the school qualifications submitted in the country of origin. The employment agencies and the advice centers of the universities help to find a place to study. Arrange a personal interview with your career counseling service or contact one of the university's international offices.
Do you have a degree from your home country? Our counseling specialists know which office you can contact for recognition. We're here to help!
At abi.de you can find out more about the opportunities to study in Germany. Based on your skills and interests, you will be guided through the education system in Germany in 5 steps - right up to the application.
You can find information about courses and universities in Germany at studienwahl.de.
For example, if you have family responsibilities and want to study, you can go part-time. There are also other types of study, such as distance learning, with which family responsibilities and a degree can be combined. You can find more information on the Courses and Forms of Study page.
tip: Do you already have a foreign school leaving certificate or an apprenticeship? Get your credentials recognized.
Through further training you can acquire knowledge in many areas, for example if you want to improve your German or acquire special professional skills. There are many ways in which you can expand your knowledge, for example by taking part in advanced training courses or online training, or by studying alongside your job.
If, in addition to your further education, you are looking after children or caring for relatives, you can also gain further qualifications part-time.
You can find further information on further training in Germany here.
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